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Opening of Doors
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
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Will Ackerman Creates a Spiritual Haven
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Opening Doors takes you on a soft deep journey to places in the heart, it's sunlight escaping through lace curtains on a breeze. It's coming home in a warm way. I play this CD every day at work and I love it more each time.A gift of life. Will Ackerman has created beauty. What a gift."
Paul A. Scofield | Paris, France | 05/03/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The music fan from Ithaca's got it right. I've got all but the first and most recent of Ackerman's cds, and this is the weakest of the lot (8 cds). Somewhat surprising, perhaps, since it comes on the heels of Imaginary Roads and Conferring with the Moon, and followed by The Sound of Wind Driven Rain- all outstanding. On this cd, it seems that Ackerman tried to experiment with adding electric guitars on some tracks- which I found unlistenable (a word which rarely applies to his entire output). Also, even some of the quiet, solo guitar tracks seem uninspired when compared to those on, say, The Sound of Wind Driven Rain. Consider often overlooked releases such as 'Passage' (1981)(his last of the early works based in folk guitar, though I like 'Childhood and Memory' even more), or 'Past Light' ('83)(his first of the 'new age' sound- Imaginary Roads and Conferring w/the Moon are his two major releases during this phase, and sound very similar). Finally, I consider 'The Sound of Wind Driven Rain' to be a sort of return to his early solo acoustic guitar recordings. All of this to say that this is, in my opinion, 'for completists only.'"
The cracks begin to show
Marc Ruby? | 11/14/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The formula begins to get a bit weak here. One can almost hear why, after making this recording, Ackerman sold his brainchild Windham Hill Records and disappeared for seven years. In that time he started his own small label again, Imaginary Road, set up a home studio and eventually returned with 1998's "Sound of Wind Driven Rain" (which is excellent).
Ackerman sounds like he's going through the motions here. He collaborates with the synthesizers of Tim Story on many of the tracks, and Story's sounds are a bit too light and "new-agey" for Ackerman's realistic music. The collaboration with an electric guitarist on "Movie of a Placid Night" is also a little off-putting. That said, there are some songs that work on this record. "Silver Gate" and especially "The Opening of Doors" are really beautiful. There is also an interesting re-recording of "Murray's Song," which originally appeared on 1979's "Childhood and Memory."
This is not the best place to start in order to discover William Ackerman; for that, pick up "Conferring with the Moon," "Childhood and Memory," or "Sound of Wind Driven Rain." But the album is worth hearing for Ackerman fanatics and completists."